Over the last three-month very few new military radar contracts have been reported although it may be that some simply have not been globally reported for specific reasons. However, during the same timeframe a number of analytical reports have surfaced, not once but successively, promoted by different authorities. For example; the ‘Global Airborne Systems Surveillance Radar Market’ was initially reported by The Registrar Daily and by Market Biz on Boxing Day citing the source as Nehru Baral. Subsequently this report was promoted by cHollywood News, quoting the same author, and in the Tech Announcer by Caron Davis, both on the internet, on the 11th
January respectively. This is a trend also seen with other analytical radar reports such as The X-Band Radar Market.
Such multiple reports tend to imply, perhaps, that all currently contracted fuselages are satisfied and that no new ones are required, regardless of what this report suggests is the near term market place. It makes one wonder if Brexit, and the anticipated inauguration of Mr Trump as the US President Elect, are having a wider impact on financial markets than originally anticipated, such that potential purchasers are holding their breath. We have already seen the pound Sterling fall significantly against the US Dollar, which supports UK exporters and would be good for the likes of Kelvin Hughes, BAES, and others, although it does mean imports to the UK will only come at greater cost.
So what is new? July 27th
2010 saw the publication of US Patent Number US 7,764,223 B2, which detailed Kelvin Hughes’ (then) new SharpEye™ radar technology. In the preceding period it has been, rightfully, very successful and alternate versions for a range of platforms and applications have been launched. This has obviously had an impact on both the military and commercial, high-quality navigational radar markets for it appears that others are now seeking to imitate with very similar approaches. Whilst FMCW radars with their very low power outputs and short range definition (typically BR24) are fine for inshore sailors, who now only have to duck rotating antennas and not worry about radiation values, FMCW does have its limitations for ocean going vessels, where the triple pulse SharpEye™ solution offers significant advantages over magnetron based solutions.
So what will be the next major leap in radar technology ? I have chosen to ignore both active and passive phased arrays because they have been around for almost two decades but what about quantum radar ? Can this really be true ? Well it is being widely reported on the internet http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a22996/china-quantum-stealth-radar
is a good example. Indeed it is an arena of much research by physicists at China’s Nanjing University. So watch this space.